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Minnesota Brass Explodes Into 2014!

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Summer has finally arrived and we will debut our 2014 production of Supernova on June 29th when we return to Alexandria, MN for the Vikingland Band Festival. There we will be the Honor Unit and perform our show for 2,000+ marching band students! We can’t wait to go back and be part of this long-standing Minnesota marching arts tradition.

We then head to Mankato, MN on June 30th for Thunder of Drums at Blakeslee Field which features the following line-up:

  • Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
  • Blue Stars – Lacrosse, WI
  • Troopers – Casper, WY
  • Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
  • Racine Scouts – Racine, WI
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Minnesota Brass

On Friday, July 11th, in partnership with Drum Corps International, we will producing a brand new show – DCI Eden Prairie – at Eden Prairie High School! This show replaces DCI Minnesota for one year due to events surrounding the MLB All Star Game. This show will feature the following great line up:

  • Blue Devils – Concord, CA
  • Bluecoats – Canton, OH
  • Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
  • Jersey Serf – Camden County, NJ
  • Legends – Kalamazoo, MI
  • Blue Saints – Sudbury, Ontario, CA
  • Minnesota Brass
  • Minne-Brass (exhibition)

In conjunction with DCI Eden Prairie, the 15-time DCI champion Blue Devils will once again host the Midwest System Blue Drumline and Leadership Camps from July 10th through 12th. These are fun and unique educational opportunities for students of the marching arts to learn from the very best!

On July 30th we perform at yet another new local show, A Knight of Music and Motion at Harding High School in St. Paul. This is a DCI Open Class show and if you have never seen one we highly recommend attending for sheer entertainment value. This show will have the following line up:

  • Blue Devils B – Concord, CA
  • Blue Saints – Sudbury, ON
  • Colt Cadets – Dubuque, IA
  • Gold – San Diego, CA
  • Music City – Nashville, TN
  • Racine Scouts – Racine, WI
  • Spartans – Nashua, NH
  • Thunder – Spokane, WA
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Minnesota Brass

On August 1st we head to Forest City, IA for another DCI Open Class show, North Iowa Festival of Brass which features the same line up as A Knight of Music and Motion. Trust us, they are so fun you’ll want to see them twice! Road trip, anyone?

We then will make a beeline across Wisconsin to Racine for the Kilties Klassic which will feature:

  • Chops, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN
  • Cincinnati Tradition – Cincinnati, OH
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Kilties – Racine, WI
  • Minnesota Brass

The DCA competitive season kicks into high gear on Friday, August 15th for Sounds of Minnesota, which will be held at St. Thomas Academy High School in Mendota Heights. The following day, August 16th, we will head to St. Peter for Drum Corps Expo. Both shows will feature the this line up of all-age performers:

  • Brio Brass – Minneapolis, MN
  • Chops, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Kilties – Racine, WI
  • Minne-Brass
  • Minnesota Brass

Then finally we make the big trek to Rochester, NY for the Drum Corps Associates World Championships, held from August 28th through 31st. This year, DCA hosts their 50th Anniversary Celebration which will feature a parade and other special events. We highly recommend that you make a trip to DCA this year as this will be a particularly fun year to attend the festivities!

And of course, we will also be marching in local parades including:

  • Fridley – June 26th
  • Delano & Apple Valley – July 4th
  • Hinckley – July 12th
  • Red Wing – August 3rd

 Wow, that’s a busy summer! To order tickets to these events click on the links provided. We hope to see all of you many times throughout the season, including at our rehearsals. For the complete summer calendar, click here.

 SEE YOU SOON!

Eden Prairie Proclaims July 11th, 2014 Marching Arts Day

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Minnesota Brass board member Jim Tarbox, left, Jo Benson of the Eden Prairie Band Parents Organization, center, and MBI board Chairman Todd Tanji accepted a proclamation from the Eden Prairie City Council declaring July 11 Marching Arts Day in conjunction with the DCI Eden Prairie show at Eden Prairie High School stadium that evening.

Minnesota Brass board member Jim Tarbox, left, Jo Benson of the Eden Prairie Band Parents Organization, center, and MBI board Chairman Todd Tanji accepted a proclamation from the Eden Prairie City Council declaring July 11 Marching Arts Day in conjunction with the DCI Eden Prairie show at Eden Prairie High School stadium that evening.

In conjunction with the new DCI Eden Prairie show slated for July 11th, the Eden Prairie City Council has proclaimed that day Marching Arts Day to recognize the many positive aspects of participating in the arts. The proclamation was accepted at the Eden Prairie City Center on June 17 by Minnesota Brass board Chairman Todd Tanji, Eden Prairie Band Parents Organization member Jo Benson, and MBI board member Jim Tarbox.

DCI Eden Prairie is a “replacement” show this summer to make up for DCI Minnesota being displaced from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to accommodate Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities.

Read before the city council by Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens, the proclamation extols especially the academic achievements of students who pursue the arts, and music in particular.

City of Eden Prairie Marching Arts Day Proclamation

City of Eden Prairie Marching Arts Day Proclamation

In conjunction with the new DCI Eden Prairie show slated for July 11th, the Eden Prairie City Council has proclaimed that day Marching Arts Day to recognize the many positive aspects of participating in the arts. The proclamation was accepted at the Eden Prairie City Center on June 17th by Minnesota Brass board Chairman Todd Tanji, Eden Prairie Band Parents Organization member Jo Benson, and MBI board member Jim Tarbox.

DCI Eden Prairie is a “replacement” show this summer to make up for DCI Minnesota being displaced from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to accommodate Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities.

Read before the city council by Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens, the proclamation extols especially the academic achievements of students who pursue the arts, and music in particular. 

DCI Eden Prairie, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie High School Stadium (17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 < ), features the Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Blue Saints, Boston Crusaders, Jersey Surf, Legends and Minnesota Brass. Tickets are $27-22 and available online at www.dci.org, or at the gate.

In conjunction with the show, the Blue Devils’ System Blue Leadership Camp will be presented at Eden Prairie High School July 10th-12th. For more information, go to www.systemblue.org.

New Uniforms Arrive for 2014!

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15-year Minnesota Brass veteran David Anderson, lifts up the corps new parade uniform, fresh out of the shipping boxes!

15-year Minnesota Brass veteran David Anderson, lifts up the corps new parade uniform, fresh out of the shipping boxes!

Through the generous support of alumni, members and friends, Minnesota Brass drum and bugle corps will sport new uniforms during the 2014 competitive season!  The modern, bold look will prominently feature the corps emblem and provide versatility for future seasons.

Through a partnership with Stanbury uniforms, the corps will also present new parade tops featuring lighter fabric and short sleeves appropriate for the hottest town festivals and parades.

Minnesota Brass will debut the new parade uniforms in Fridley Minnesota on June 26 and the new field uniforms at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota on Sunday, June 29!

Eden Prairie Hosts DCI on July 11

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The 15-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California will compete at DCI Eden Prairie.

The 15-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California will compete at DCI Eden Prairie on July 11, 2014

This year the largest drum corps show in the Twin Cities will be a brand new show, DCI EDEN PRAIRIE, held on the picturesque campus of Eden Prairie High School. The show will feature the following great line-up of corps (in reverse order of performance):

Minnesota Brass – St. Paul, MN
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
Jersey Surf – Camden County, NJ
Legends – Kalamazoo, MI
Blue Saints – Sudbury, ON

This event replaces DCI Minnesota for one year, due to scheduling conflicts surrounding this summer’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tickets are available NOW online RIGHT HERE or by calling the DCI Box Office at 317-275-1212. GROUP DISCOUNTS are available. Come on out and see this great show in a great venue!